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30 May

Garden vegetable Pie
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Alaina’s Glorified Granola Bars

3 Nov

 

I don’t really know why I named these bars Alaina’s Glorified Granola Bars. Except the fact that I thought that sounded good, and I really do like these bars. I was really getting tired of the institutional granola bars from the store so I decided it was high time to make my own. This is what I came up with. These are a very, very, very delicious granola bars. I love them, but that is not what makes me think they are so good. All the kids love them. They are moist, a bit chewy, and are healthy too. I knew I knew I wanted them to be healthy, so honey and molasses are the sweeteners I chose to use. I didn’t want you to feel like you were eating a candy bar but something that would give you energy and leave you feeling good about the food you just put into your body. Ok so I admit, I was scared to put molasses in them. I am not a huge fan of just eating molasses, and the smell has always scared me away. I love the benefits of molasses and so I decided to be brave. What do you know…It made the whole bar! The molasses in the bars gives it a good dark rich flavor that I wouldn’t trade out.

These bars are very versatile. If you can’t have wheat just change the wheat bran to oat bran.  You can also change what dried fruit you put in it. My favorite are dried cherries or blueberries. This last time I made it I put a mix of dried cranberries, apples, apricots, and pears.You can tweak these granola bars any way you want. Like it sweeter? Put more honey. Really it is simple. I know there are  a lot of ingredients are in them, but really they are a breeze to put together. Don’t feel like you have to stick to the recipe exactly. If you don’t like an ingredient that I have in here simply change it. If you don’t have flax, change it out and put sesame seeds in it. Try these granola bars and let me know what you think. I would love your comments!

4 c. Oats

1c. Wheat bran

2T. Cinnamon

2/3c. Ground Flax

1 c. corsely chopped nuts, I used pecans

1/2c.  Pumpkin seeds

2c. chopped, Dried fruit

1 t. Salt

1c. Honey

1/4c. Molasses

3 Eggs

1 1/2c. Canola oil

2T. Vanilla

Here is a picture of what it looked like before I baked them

Mix the dry ingredients together, add the nuts and dried fruit. In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients and add to dry mixture. Put in a greased large Pyrex dish. (I used the size up from the 9×13 pan and it was perfect) spread evenly, and bake at 350F. for 25 minutes. When finished pull out of oven and let rest for about 10 min. Cut into bars before totally cooled. Once they are cooled all the way put I eat one just to make sure they are good and put the rest in snack bags. Depending on how big you cut them really depends on how many bars you get. I got 24 out of the pan. I hope you enjoy and don’t forget to come back and comment!!!

Garlic Guacamole

23 Sep

I love guacamole. What I love more is garlic. I would die for garlic. Ask  my house. Everyone knows when I cook. Why? Because there is tons of garlic in it. I always joke about everyone staying healthy because of my garlicky food.

The other night I decided to make guacamole. From what I can remember this is what I did.

Garlic guacamole:

3 avocados, mashed, save the seeds

1/3 onions, minced

8 large bulbs garlic, minced

1 tomato, diced

cilantro, chopped

juice of 1/2  lime

cumin to taste. I put a good amount in. I like the flavor

salt & pepper to taste

Mix it together and taste. It tends to be better if you let it sit a couple of hours so all the flavors can meld together. If you aren’t much of a garlic fan you can always cut back on that. I on the other hand if I was just making it for myself would probably double that. I really like garlic if you don’t know yet. If you are not going to eat it right away put the avocado seeds on the guacamole. It keeps it from going brown right away.